Class A Bulk Fuel Driver - Woman Trucker
by Christine De Koker
(Sun City, Ca.USA)
I started In Trucking in 1977, I didn't get my Class A, till 1980. Ran produce with a good friend, her boyfriend taught us how to drive..We ran from San Pedro, Ca.-Edmonton and Calgary,Canada. Every week. 6 1/2 day Turns.
Trucking was Trucking back then! A whole lot different then now.
As a Solo Driver from the start, when I did get my license, I ran 5 on 4 off a day.. no one sat around in Truck stops for 10 hrs a day or 34 hrs for restart. That was what U went home for!!!!
1 full day to sleep and 1 full day too get home life caught up!! Then it was back out there, running the Roads.
In the '80s I ran a set of Doubles 11- Western States, made a percentage of what I hauled. When, I did go home, It was a given, U didn't get back out on the road till U were rested.
That might be 2 days or 3 days. Unlike today, being a local Driver, I have 10 hrs. From the time I go off duty till the time I go back on. Problem with that is, I still have to drive home and drive back to Yard. Which takes away from my 10 hr rule. I may get 5 or 6 hrs sleep/rest and go at it again!
The fact that local drivers' are held to the same rules as OTR drivers' is unacceptable! I notice, the older men in Trucking respect women Truckers', it's the fairly new male drivers' that seem to be uncomfortable around Us!
I have 40 Years in Trucking. I know how to behave myself..i.e. They not comfortable in their own skin in this business. Then, take offense when I offer up good Ol' School Advice!
I think.. they are intimidated that I make .. close to $90,000 a year,